We all love Christmas, getting together with friends and loved ones, decorating our homes and sending gifts we know they’ll love. But there’s no denying sometimes it can be a bit stressful. Our own wellbeing often loses priority at this time of year. We don’t think that should be the case though, so we’ve picked out a few little gifts that you can send to you, from you, to help look after yourself through the festivities.
For the body:
Whether it’s leaning over and wrapping presents all day, a stiff back from staying on a relative’s sofa bed or sore shoulders from putting up the decorations, our bodies certainly get a few aches and pains over the Christmas period. SBC’s Arnica Supersized Targeted Body Collection helps to soothe away any tension with a series of aromatic formulas infused with wonder ingredient arnica. From a bath soak for the ultimate relaxation to a thermal rub to help with on-the-go aches, it’s a beautifully warming choice that’ll help to ease your mind, as well as your muscles!
If a good old stretch is what’s calling you, rather than a soak in the bath, then why not work through your favourite flow on the Yogi Bare Paws Mat? It’s extra grippy, so no asana will be too much, plus it features a central guiding line to help with your alignment. A quick sun salutation of a morning is the perfect way to set the mood and your intention for the day, and a little wind down practice before bed will always help to calm a busy mind.
For the skin:
If your ideal moment of relaxation is at the end of the day as you perform your skincare routine, why not fill it with luxe formulas that are a joy to use? Enter Liz Earle’s Iconic Cleansing trio. We don’t need to tell you that Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is TLC in a tube, it’s a classic for a reason! We’ve picked this set because you get three editions of this skincare icon, including fragrant Neroli and Bourbon Vanilla & Clove Bud. It’ll take off your party make-up in an instant while helping to leave your complexion feeling deeply cared for.
If you’re heading away for the holidays, your routine doesn’t need to suffer! We love the miniature Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil featured in this set from Elemis. It works to soothe your skin while removing any impurities or make-up, just in a handy travel-sized edition. Pop it in your make-up bag if you’re staying away from home, and you can make sure you still get your moment of calm at the end of every day.
For the senses:
Perfume can be the perfect pick-me-up during the day. A beautiful aroma can not only lift our spirits, but it can help us to feel grounded too, which is why we’ll definitely be indulging ourselves with our favourite fragrance this year. If layering up is your thing, you’ll love The Travellers Woody Fragrance Collection from Molton Brown. Not only does this set include two warm, woody fragrances, it boasts a classic Bath & Shower Gel too, so you can really build a bespoke scent experience that feels luxe.
Like to pick and choose your scent to suit your mood? We don’t blame you. Why not try Shay & Blue’s Fragrance Gift Collection? It features a large bottle of your favourite scent, plus a selection of travel-friendly fragrances to take on the road with you. It’s ideal if you’re going from office to party, or if you just want something that little bit special to thoroughly treat yourself.
For a full body experience:
Sometimes, just adding an extra step into your routine gives you that extra time to focus on you. If your locks are in need of a bit of a boost, but you’ve not got the time to sit down with a mask on, why not try a treatment spray, like this one from Tweak’d? When your hair looks and feels great, there’s no denying the positive impact it has on your mood. This spray can be used on wet or dry hair to suit your day and helps to add plenty of swish and shine.
If haircare is not your thing, why not fill your day with the aromatic scent of L’Occitane from head to toe? This Fragrance Gift Box Collection features your choice of four delightfully-fragranced products, with everything from a shower gel and eau de toilette to an after shave balm and soap, so you can tailor your choice to suit your wellbeing. No matter what happens during the day, you’ll know you’ll always be smelling sweet with this edit.
We hope you manage to find a moment of calm during this busy period, and be sure to check out our Feeling Good Together campaign too, where we’re regularly updating the page with fitness inspiration, wellbeing top tips and expert interviews to help support and inspire you throughout 2021.